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PhD - SCHOOL & CLINICAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY

QUICK LINKS
Internships & Practica:

Internship and Practica Sites

Practicum Forms (WSIB, Police Check, Consent Forms)

Finding a PhD Placement

SCCP Practica Sites (pdf)

Achieving Candidacy

Colloquium Attendance Form

COURSE PLAN
 

This is a 4-5-year program (full-time only). Degree requirements consist of:

 

  • 11 Half-courses (5.5 FCE), which includes: 
    • 500-hour practicum, typically in a clinic setting
    • 1600-hour supervised internship
       
  • Thesis and oral defence
     
  • Comprehensive Examination (take-home exam)
     
  • Colloquium Attendance
     

NOTE: PhD students may require only one year of full-time study from the time of thesis proposal approval to completion of the thesis. For these students, the PhD may be completed in 4 instead of 5 years.


Students must complete the program in a maximum of 6 years.

PhD1 APD3222 Approaches to Psychotherapy with Children, Youth, and Families
  APD3260 Psychodiagnostic Systems
  APD3240 Advanced Social and Emotional Assessment Techniques
  APD5284 Assessment and Intervention with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children, Youth and Families
  Colloquium attendance compulsory
PhD1 Spring Develop doctoral dissertation proposal
PhD2 APD3241 Seminar and Practicum in Clinical Assessment and Intervention with associated supervision practicum (mentoring of MA1 students in psychoeducational assessment)
  Comprehensive Exams
  Form thesis committee
  Doctoral dissertation proposal approval
PhD 1, 2, 3 Psychotherapy course from electives offered (to be chosen with faculty advisor) 
  PhD Elective or any courses needed to achieve degree requirements. (to be reviewed and chosen with faculty advisor)
  APD3202 A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Science
PhD 3 or 4 Dissertation data collection, analysis, writing
  APD3243 Additional Practicum in Assessment and Intervention (optional)
  Apply for Internships
PhD 4/5 APD3242 Predoctoral Internship
  Complete doctoral dissertation
  Oral defence

 

Each year, students submit record of their academic and clinical progress and their thesis progress. Academic progress is then reviewed by SCCP faculty to monitor student progress.

Students must achieve a Credit Grade in APD3241H (Seminar and Practicum in Assessment and Intervention with Children) in order to remain in good standing and be permitted to continue in the program. Failure to meet these criteria will normally result in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student’s registration in the program.

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES

APD1201 - Child and Adolescent Development must be taken if student does not have a 3rd or 4th year undergraduate course in human development. This course must be taken in addition to the ten half-courses.

APD1287 - Introduction to Applied Statistics must be taken if student does not have a 3rd or 4th year undergraduate course in statistics. This course must be taken in addition to the ten half-courses.

 


Annual Faculty Review of Students’ Progress Meeting

The SCCP Annual Monitoring Form (pdf) is to be completed by students each year by March 31 and submitted to Program Liaison, Diana Robinson. Progress of every SCCP student is monitored each year in late April or early May. Written feedback is provided to each student and retained in the student’s departmental file. 

If minor problems are noted, a faculty member contacts the student and discusses possible ways to rectify the problem(s).

If the difficulty is a significant one, a faculty member is assigned the task of monitoring the student’s progress. In cases where attempts to rectify the problem are unsuccessful, the student may be asked to leave the program.


Achieving Candidacy

For information on achieving candidacy and maintaining in Good Standing, please see the School of Graduate Studies guidelines.

 

PRACTICUM
 

 

In order to participate in practicum placements, students must have passed a Police Records Check. Students should apply for this check at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of any placement.

 

Students should refer to the Registrar's Office website for procedures. Please note that it can take up to three months to obtain the check.
 

OVERVIEW:

  • Doctoral practicum students must complete at least 500 hours in their placement setting (as part of APD3241 H– Seminar and Practicum in Assessment and Intervention with Children)
    • As part of the practicum course, students must also complete a supervision of first year SCCP students.
       
  • The Ph.D. practicum consists of a two-days-per-week placement typically in a clinic setting
     
  • Typically, completed during second year of the PhD program
     
  • Students admitted at the PhD level who are required to complete APD1218H should not initiate a search for a field placement until they have completed APD1215H and APD1216H or equivalent. Students wishing to begin APD1218H in the first year of their program should contact the Director of Clinical Training to discuss placement issues as soon as possible upon receipt of their offer of admission.

 

EVALUATION:

  • This is a pass/fail course
     
  • The grade is assigned by the Director of Clinical Training after reviewing the final evaluation completed by the student’s supervisor
     

More information on finding a PhD practicum is outlined here.

  • Applying for placements is very competitive. You are encouraged to consider earning additional clinical experience through the collection of program-sanctioned hours or through taking an additional practicum
     

ADDITIONAL PHD PRACTICUM (Course APD3243) - OPTIONAL

Because of the importance of obtaining clinical experience, many students elect to complete an additional practicum. Students considering an additional practicum are required to discuss this with the Director of Clinical Training.

Additional practicum requirements include the completion of the Placement Confirmation form and a completed evaluation form.

 

Further information regarding policies and procedures for the practicum are available in the SCCP Practicum Internship Handbook

INTERNSHIP
 

OVERVIEW:

  • All PhD students are required to complete at least 1600 hours of supervised internship training in an approved training center to graduate from the SCCP program, through continuous course APD3242Y.
     
  • Students should expect to travel outside of Toronto for their internships
     
  • Completing the dissertation prior to beginning internship is recommended. Students who complete their dissertation prior to internship are eligible for a Doctoral Completion Award (provide hyperlink), which is equivalent to a year’s tuition.

 

BEFORE APPLYING TO INTERNSHIP students must have:
 

  • Completed all coursework
     
  • Passed the comprehensive exam
     
  • Received approval from thesis committee for thesis proposal
     
  • Received approval from thesis supervisor to begin internship
     
  • Documented at least 300 face-to-face hours with clients, of which at least 100 hours are intervention (as opposed to assessment)
     
  • Documented a minimum of 150 supervision hours
     
  • Completed a total of five full assessments for placement in their clinic file. (Three of these may have been completed at the master’s level). These assessments must include the following components:
    1. consideration of cognitive functioning;
       
    2. consideration of academic skill development;
       
    3. consideration of social and emotional functioning. (A remedial plan for a learning intervention, often part of assessments in course APD5284, can be substituted for criterion 3.)

       

BEFORE COMMENCING INTERNSHIP, students must have:

  • Completed data collection for their thesis research

 

FINDING A PHD INTERNSHIP

 

To view more details about the SCCP practicum and internship sites, forms, and policies, please see the SCCP Practicum & Internship Handbook.

COLLOQUIUM SERIES REQUIREMENT

To further broaden and enrich their research and professional skills, students must attend the Departmental colloquium series. 

This series is offered throughout the academic year. It is expected that all PhD students will attend a minimum of six colloquium presentations during their program.

Attendance at this series partially fulfills the course requirements for APD3268Y.

The completed Colloquium Attendance Form should be submitted to the Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Judy Silver, together with the Placement Evaluation Form.

Please see Colloquium Series for more information and the event schedule.

COMPREHENSIVE COMPONENT
 

PURPOSE

  1. To ensure an adequate level of psychological knowledge for professional functioning as a practitioner, academic, and/or researcher;
     
  2. To demonstrate an ability to integrate information at the accepted standard for a doctoral student

     


REQUIREMENTS


The comprehensive examination must be:
 

  • completed by the end of Year 3
  • passed before beginning an internship
  • be an individual effort
     

*The comprehensive examination is normally completed before commencing thesis data collection. 
 


REGISTER

  • You must register with Diana Robinson, SCCP Program Liaison, no later than 3 weeks before the examination date
     
  • Only under exceptional circumstances (e.g. medical emergency) can alternate arrangements be made for students who cannot write the examination during the scheduled periods
     


DETAILS

  • The comprehensive examination is a take-home exam that occurs each year in June. 
    • Exact dates will be posted 2 months in advance.
       
  • Time limit to complete exam: One week
     
  • Required Length: 2000 words per question (not including references). ​Coherence and clarity are more important than length.
     
  • Format: Typed, double-spaced
     


CONTENT:


The SCCP Comprehensive Examination Committee is responsible for setting the examination and will select 8 questions representing 4 core areas. Students will not know the questions in advance
 

Questions will be set in 4 core areas:
 

1. Development / psychopathology (1 research question and 1 clinical question)

2. Assessment (1 research question and 1 clinical question)

3. Intervention (1 research question and 1 clinical question)

4. Ethics (2 clinical questions)

 

Students are required to answer a total of 3 questions from 3 different core areas. One needs to be a clinical question, one needs to be a research question, and one needs to be an ethics question. The research and clinical questions cannot be selected from the same core area.

 


TIPS:

  • Students are reminded that coherence and clarity are more important than length. High caliber answers are expected, including elaboration of points, a high level of synthesis and evidence of relevant literature review.
     
  • Students are not permitted to consult or discuss any aspect of the exam with each other or anyone else during the comprehensive period.
    • ​This includes having someone edit an examinee's responses for grammar, spelling, etc. (Note that spelling, grammar, style, etc. are not marked and will not negatively impact a student’s examination grade unless they interfere with the comprehensibility of the response.)
       
  •  A member from the exam committee will be available to answer any questions that arise.
     


ACCOMMODATIONS
 

  • SCCP Comprehensive Examination Committee will make accommodations for the following:
    • Students with a disability
       
    • Students unable to complete the comprehensive examination during the specified period for medical reasons (Doctor’s note required)
       
    • Students encountering extenuating circumstances (evaluated on an individual basis)

       
  • A student requesting special accommodation, for example due to a learning disability, must submit a request in writing to the comprehensive committee. The written request must:
    • Detail the specific circumstances of the accommodation
    • Be submitted well in advance of commencing the examination 
       
  • Formal assessment and documentation may be required
     


EVALUATION

  • ​Grades are pass, marginal pass, or failure. A pass requires a minimum of a pass on 2 questions and a marginal pass on the third.
     
  • Faculty grade individually from each other and are blind to student identity (except in the case of a student tested orally due to a disability). Students must include only their OISE student I.D. number on their answers. 
     
  • If a student fails their comprehensive examination on the initial grading, the three faculty members who graded each of their answers will automatically meet as a committee to review the grading in order to decide if the failure warrants a change to a pass.  If the original failure stands, the committee will explain the reasons for this decision to the student in writing.
     


PROCEDURE FOR A GRADE APPEAL

  • Contact the SCCP Comprehensive Examination Committee within one week in writing. The question(s) in appeal will be blindly marked by another member of faculty who was not involved in the original grading.
     
  • If you receive a failing grade (even after appeals have been exhausted), you will be allowed to re-write a new question in the same area(s) where the marginal pass or failure was given
    • ​The same faculty member who wrote and graded the original question will write and grade a new question in the same area
       
    • The re-write will take place during the term following the failed comprehensive exam. The Committe will decide on the exact date. 
       
  • If you receive a failing grade after the re-write, you will be asked to leave the program.
     


 

 

THESIS

The PhD Oral Examination Nomination Form and timetables are available from the Registrar’s Office. The specific procedures for establishing a final oral examination are quite detailed. Planning for the final oral exam must be undertaken at least two months in advance of the actual examination.

 

SUPERVISOR

When preparing a thesis, a student works in consultation with his/her thesis supervisor until a committee is formed and, after that, with his/her thesis committee.

Students whose thesis supervisor is external to AP&HD must have an internal AP&HD faculty member serve as their program advisor.  

The student and the thesis committee members must complete a thesis approval form and an ethical review approval before any data collection commences.


PhD THESIS PROCESS:

1. Review of OISE/UT Guidelines for Theses and Orals and other academic writing guides from the APHD Programs and Admissions Coordinator.

2. Establishment of a thesis topic

3. Selection of a thesis supervisor (normally the student’s Faculty Advisor)

4. Formation of a thesis committee (form to be completed) – by end of second year

5. Ethical review, if required (forms to be completed) before any data collection takes place

6. Thesis proposal approval (form to be completed)

7. Thesis work

8. Final thesis approval and submission (form to be completed)


EVALUATION:

  • PhD program theses are evaluated at an oral examination by the students’ thesis committee, which includes the student’s supervisor, plus a minimum of two faculty members, both holding either Full or Associate School of Graduate Studies appointments. At least one thesis committee member must be from APHD.

     
  • Once a student’s thesis is in its final form and has been approved by the thesis committee, the final oral examination is scheduled
    • A student defends his/her thesis at an examination conducted by a Final Oral Examination Committee.
       
    • It is this exam that will determine whether or not a student may be recommended for his/her degree.
       
    • PhD Oral Examination Nomination Form and timetables are available from the Registrar’s Office
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To learn more about your program, see About SCCP